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The final SEC power rankings of the 2016 season — the underwhelming 2016 SEC season

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7. Georgia (8-5)

Preseason: 7th
The skinny: Losing to Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech in Athens is not supposed to happen. The Bulldogs lost three home games in all. The last time the Bulldogs lost three home games? It was 1996.

6. Texas A&M (8-5)

Preseason: 4th
The skinny: Same old same old for the Aggies. There was a hot start, then they fizzled down the stretch. The run defense was an embarrassment, wasn’t it, John Chavis?

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5. Tennessee (9-4)

Preseason: 3rd
The skinny: What can you say about the underachieving Vols that hasn’t already been said by most UT fans? This team lost to South Carolina and Vanderbilt, and finished 4-4 in the pitiful SEC East.

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4. Auburn (8-5)

Preseason: 10th
The skinny: If nothing else, the Tigers exceeded our expectations. Auburn looked good in October – really good. But injuries to RB Kamryn Pettway and QB Sean White showed how fragile this offense was, and the defense couldn’t continue to hold up. Jarrett Stidham to the rescue?

3. LSU (8-4)

Preseason: 2nd
The skinny: Talent-wise, LSU was a clear and distinct No. 2 in the league. But the Tigers lost twice in league play (and three time overall) to teams with less talent. What’s missing? Everybody together now … a quarterback.

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2. Florida (9-4)

Preseason: 6th
The skinny: The Gators won the SEC East for the second season in a row and, in their most impressive outing of the season, won at LSU in November. Florida still must find an offense, though.

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1. Alabama (14-1)

Preseason: 1st
The skinny: The gap between No. 1 and No. 2 is Pacific Ocean-sized — and the Pacific is the world’s largest ocean. The Tide won its nine league games (including the SEC championship game) by an average of 25 points per outing. One was decided by single digits and seven were decided by at least 18 points. The season may be considered disappointing by some because the Tide did not win the national title, but Alabama was the only team that truly carried the SEC banner this season.

(You can follow Mike Huguenin on Twitter @MikeHuguenin)

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